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Freeport LNG seeks extension; Dominion pipe expansion clears FERC review

Freeport LNG asks FERC for extension as contractor sticks to timeline

Freeport LNG Development LP asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for an extension to complete its natural gas export terminal in Texas with a May 23 filing. The request came just a day after a Sempra Energy subsidiary made a similar request for the Cameron LNG facility in Louisiana. Both export projects are being built by construction contractor McDermott International Inc., which has faced several construction delays on the two facilities. McDermott reaffirmed the production schedule it provided during an April 29 conference call with investors.

Dominion pipeline expansion for Ohio power plant clears environmental review

Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. received a positive environmental assessment from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a natural gas system expansion that would increase the delivery of natural gas to a power plant in eastern Ohio. FERC staff concluded that construction and operation of the West Loop project would not cause significant environmental damage.

Sempra Energy asks FERC for more time on Cameron LNG, but schedule reaffirmed

Sempra-led Cameron LNG LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for more time to complete the Cameron LNG terminal in Louisiana after a construction contractor said in late April that it expected the second and third liquefaction trains to start up in 2020, months later than a previous target. Cameron LNG LLC asked FERC for a 15-month extension to Sept. 19, 2020. But the same day as the filing, McDermott reaffirmed the scheduled startup outlined April 29.

Gas utilities managing to grow, even with regulatory and social obstacles

As opposition to natural gas projects gains more attention, utilities that move the fuel to customers across the U.S. are still finding ways to expand, often by reaching common ground with the communities where the companies operate, a number of industry executives said. Spire Inc., for instance, is on the cusp of putting into service its STL Pipeline LLC this year. The company did hit delays in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval process.